Although the ACC and HRB concentrate on the design of projects proposed for our communities, it is only the beginning. At some point the design must be transformed into the physical world. This transformation is generally accomplished by a General Contractor, making the GC an important part of the project. The performance of the GC can make a project a successful or an unsuccessful one.
A successful project is gauged by more than the final outcome. In the end the project must be built per the approved design, and ultimately the lot owner is responsible to the ACC/HRB, and in turn the contractor is responsible to the lot owner. A successful project only happens when care is taken during the design and the construction phases. Designs that do not thoroughly consider all aspects of the construction process, living or using the structure when complete, and being integrated into its environment can create serious conflicts and errors that serious degrade the successfulness of the project. All the lot owners have a vision of their retreat on the lake and to fall short of this is to traumatically dash their dreams. To reach their vision is to is something that everyone involved can be proud of.
The construction process is a time consuming endeavor that effects the natural habitat, the community facilities (roads, drains, signage,...), and the other residents of the community. No construction takes place in a sterile environment, without any noise, deliveries, debris, or traffic.
Being on the approved contractor list is a sign of being able to build a quality structure, per the approved plans, and follow the requirements of the Development Guidelines and the Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions, and treat the lot owners with the good business ethics and professionalism. Construction is a business, not a favor, and not a con-game. Good contractors deserve in return to treated professionally and ethically. These regulations establish standards for noise (including radios), parking, debris, trash, and damage to the natural environment and the community facilities, including roads to protect and preserve the community and to create an atmosphere where residents and construction can co-exist. Sub-contractors must to adhere to these requirements as well. The ACC/HRB will enforces these requirements as needed, all the way to the extreme extent of major fines to lot owner and removal of the contractor from the list of approved builders.
Building within the requirements is usually just am a matter of caring. Caring takes effort, but it makes the difference between a construction site that is respectful of the environment and admired by the residents, and one that is held in distain. A clean and neat construction site is also a safer construction site.
Everyone involved on the site must be concerned with their impact on the site, which remains well after the GC or 'sub' is gone. For example, not fencing off tree roots and protecting tree trunks lets delivery trucks damage the forest close to the house and the driveway. Another example is painters and dry wall finishers that use the house plumbing system to clean their tools. (the driveway should not be used either.) Paint and cleaners can destroy a a septic field requiring its total repair. I've been told that a septic tank contaminated with paint cost $2800 to pump, clean, and dispose of in a toxic materials disposal site! (ouch!). I've also been told that there are very effective ways to recycle paint thinner for re-use since when left un-agitated, the paint and thinner separate. Dry wall 'mud' can clog pipes and drain fields. The reason are septic system requirements are so high is that we also want/require extensive landscaping and re-planting. Who wants to put tens of thousands of dollars into re-vegetating just to tear it up in ten years because an avoidable error caused a septic field to fail?
Here are examples of the most common violations:
Only regular visits to the job site by the GC will make the crews, subs, vendors, and services also do it right. GC's that don't visit often will have a variety of problems through the job and with the final product.
The ACC/HRB and the home owners truly appreciate your attention to details like these. It does make a difference.
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